There’s Magic in the Air…But Not at the Gas Pump!

Spring has really sprung in Middle Tennessee!  I’m lovin’ this gorgeous, warm weather and plenty of sunshine!  I wish I could say the same for my peeps in SoCal.  Sorry guys, for a change it’s a bit nicer here.  But we all know that won’t last for long.  And on this lovely spring day, the world says goodbye to one of the greats: Liz Taylor passed this morning.  So sad to see her leave.  She spoke out courageously about AIDS when it wasn’t popular.  And her legacy will live on in many ways.

And, speaking of legacy…I had a ton of fun last week talking to two people who left their mark on my children and I’m sure many of yours.  Mary Pope Osborn, author of “The Magic Treehouse” series of books and her sister, Natalie Pope Boyce, author of the non-fiction companion research guides.  These women really helped spark the imaginations of so many kids while at the same time teaching them all about such weighty topics as science, history and literature.  My kids loved the books and it was a real joy to talk to them in person.  In fact, they’ve turned their stories into a live event that is now touring the country and bringing characters Jack and Annie right to the fans.  The show is in town this week.  You can catch it at the Brentwood Public Library on Friday March 25th.  Check it out!  

In case you haven’t noticed, gas prices are skyrocketing both in Nashville and in other major metropolitan cities around the country.  For many areas, that translates into reduced driving and more reliance on mass transit.  Last week, some of the countries top transit officials were in Washington, D.C. to urge Congress to pass a new transit bill.  I talked to Paul Ballard, CEO of Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority, to find out what these high prices mean for Middle Tennessee.  His answers may surprise you.  Check out his interview and then see if you can grab a ride on the Music City Star railroad!  

One final note, I saw “In The Heights” last night at TPAC.  It was wonderful!  Talented cast, great dancing, uplifting music.   Go see it, you won’t be disappointed!

Have a great week everyone!

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